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Fire Destroys Two-Story Burksville Barn

A metal barn was destroyed Thursday morning in a fire in rural Burksville. Firefighters from Waterloo, Maeystown and Red Bud were dispatched at 8:15 a.m. to a home in the 5700 block of Lemen Road (just off JJ Road). Firefighters were met with intense heat and small explosions from fuel tanks (pick-up truck, lawnmower and……

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Vehicles Stolen From Columbia Dodge Dealership

A group of car thieves hit Columbia late Monday night. They rolled out of town with two vehicles undergoing repairs from the Columbia Dodge Dealership on Rt. 3. A third vehicle, which was previously stolen in Missouri, also was spotted by officers in the vicinity before it fled at high speed on I-255. At 11:23……

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Boys Of Summer Lace Up For Local Baseball Season

While Major League Baseball continues its covid delay, the area’s local amateur league got underway over the weekend. Mon-Clair Baseball began play July 4 with the eight teams battling it out in double-headers on Saturday and Sunday. The boys of summer will play a covid-shortened 14-game schedule prior to the mid-August playoff tournament. After week……

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July 4 Goes Off With A Bang

While there were no official public Fourth of July fireworks displays in the county, the sky was aglow Saturday (well, and Friday and Sunday as well) with folks shooting fireworks into the night’s sky. The annual displays in Columbia and Valmeyer were canceled this year because of the coronavirus. Acorns Golf Links did put on……

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Waterloo Man Arrested In Columbia After Fleeing Police

Residents on Columbia’s south end saw some early fireworks the afternoon of July 4. A Waterloo man attempting to flee a traffic stop was tazed prior to being arrested by county deputies. Jerry D. Edwards, 59, was charged with aggravated fleeing and eluding police, aggravated battery to a police officer, resisting arrest, and unlawful possession……

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County Clerk’s Office Closes After Employee Tests Positive

An employee in the Monroe County Clerk’s office has tested positive for covid-19. Per public health guidelines, the office will remain closed until further notice. All clerk’s office employees are under a 14-day quarantine. The other county courthouse offices remain open. During this closure, title preparers, financial institutions, and law firms are required to use……

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Two Charged Following Monday’s Police Chase

Waterloo Man And Belleville Woman Behind Bars   Dustin Schlemmer of Waterloo and Maudarie Forbes of Belleville are behind bars after being charged following the June 29 police chase from Columbia to rural Missouri. The two were in a Cadillac that refused yield to a County Deputy pulling them over along Rt. 3 south of……

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Restore Illinois Phase 4 Begins Friday

Illinois is slowly returning to normal as covid-19 numbers edge down and hospitals have sufficient capacity. Phase 4 of Restore Illinois takes effect this Friday, June 26, further relaxing the rules guiding the state as it deals with the novel coronavirus pandemic. Illinois’ positive cases have been trending down in recent weeks with the hospitalization rate……

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No Bull!!! Big Beef Closes I-255 Over J.B. Bridge

A bull is happy to be back inside its pen tonight; the black beauty had taken an unexpected journey a few miles away from home – a farm in rural East Carondelet. He had got around the fenceposts last Sunday and had spent this week strolling in the bottoms north of I-255. Just after 2……

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Protests March Forward Seeking Racial Equality At Local And National Level

Racial equality marches continue in Columbia and Waterloo as they do throughout the United States. Two more protests took place this week in both towns. Sparked by the May 25 death of George Floyd death in Minneapolis, it seems the protestors will continue to demonstrate their First Amendment rights until they what they see as……

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